Hotels pride themselves on offering travelers a relaxing, comfortable environment. Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, a hotel’s amenities can provide relaxation and entertainment. Unfortunately, they can also cause serious injuries. Some of the more common hotel accidents that can leave guests injured include:
- Pool and spa accidents
- Gym accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Parking lot accidents
- Accidents involving broken furniture
- Food poisoning
- Elevator and escalator accidents
- Falls down stairs
If you have recently been hurt while staying at a hotel, you should speak with an Atlanta personal injury attorney as soon as you can. In the meantime, below are six steps you should take to protect your rights.
Six steps to take after a hotel injury
Obtain Medical Treatment
First, call 911 or medical assistance. You need to have a medical professional examine you to ensure that your injuries are identified, and you start treatment as soon as possible. It’s important to keep all the related paperwork and reports, as your personal injury attorney may need them later.
File a report
Most hotels have safety protocols and risk management policies they have to follow, like taking a report in the event of an injury. Be sure to file an incident report with the hotel as soon as you can after an injury. In addition, document as much about your injury as possible. If your accident was the result of a dangerous condition, be sure to take pictures of the hazard that caused your injuries.
Stick to the Facts
Just give the bare facts about what happened and how you were injured while making an incident report. Don’t try giving any explanations, admissions, or excuses. You don’t want to end up saying something the hotel’s insurance provider can use against you in the claim process.
Get Contact Information from Witnesses
You have a stronger case if you have some eyewitnesses to describe the accident. They can be anyone like family, friends, other guests, or hotel employees. Collect their names and contact information for your lawyer to use later on if necessary.
Do Not Post on Social Media
Don’t write negative reviews of the bad experience on social media, as the reviews may affect your claim. Similarly, don’t discuss anything, or share photos online, as the things you post could be used as evidence against you.
Document Your Losses
Keep all the bills, records, and prescriptions about damages and money spent on your injury and recovery. You need them as you can’t claim them without proof of expenses incurred. In addition, keep careful notes about any other issues you suffer, including missed work, problems sleeping, pain, and feelings of anxiety or depression.
Call Us Today to Speak with an Atlanta Personal Injury Attorney
If you have suffered injuries at a hotel, call our office today. At Slappey & Sadd, we know how to help victims obtain the compensation they deserve under Georgia law. To schedule your free case evaluation with a personal injury lawyer in Atlanta, call our office today or contact us online.